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SoFlo sources tell FTVLive that WTVJ is about to shake things up in the newsroom.

The NBC O&O is looking to lift their sagging ratings and feel some changes are needed.

Word is that Jawan Strader, who has been anchoring mornings at WTVJ, is headed to the evening anchor chair.

The station will team a new Anchor with Pam Giganti on on mornings.

FTVLive hears that other talent will be shifted around to try and improve the numbers. Word is that several producers are being shuffled around as well to try to breathe new life into the shows.

The changes all come as the staton continues to struggle in the evenings and at 11pm in the ratings.

Stay tuned and remember where you read it first.

 

This from the article I posted earlier.

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Well I think when they put Adam Kuperstein in evenings it was more of a oh bleep emergency move. Granted he is a decent anchor, and also he is cheap (compared to Jackie at least).

 

I don't think his deal with WQAM would prevent him in being anchor (although it is CBS Radio now owning it).

 

Adam Kuperstein's gigs:

  • NBC 6 Main Anchor (at the moment)
  • WQAM 12-2 PM radio show weekdays (with a former Dolphin)
  • Weekend NBC Sports Radio Show with Jordan Schultz.

It just depends. Maybe they move him back to sports? I don't know.

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Well I think when they put Adam Kuperstein in evenings it was more of a oh bleep emergency move. Granted he is a decent anchor, and also he is cheap (compared to Jackie at least).

 

I don't think his deal with WQAM would prevent him in being anchor (although it is CBS Radio now owning it).

 

Adam Kuperstein's gigs:

  • NBC 6 Main Anchor (at the moment)
  • WQAM 12-2 PM radio show weekdays (with a former Dolphin)
  • Weekend NBC Sports Radio Show with Jordan Schultz.

It just depends. Maybe they move him back to sports? I don't know.

 

If i'm not mistaken someone mentioned up thread why not have Adam & Trina anchor the entire 5 pm hour and Jawan & Jackie could anchor the 6 & 11 pm shows. Also rather then having the morning crew do the 11 am show, Adam & Trina could possibly also anchor the 11 am half hour.
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That would sound like a plausible idea to have Adam & Trina do the 11AM show except for one little problem currently.

 

If Adam was to do that show, his time would be stretched even further with him having to go to Miramar than over to Miami Gardens (which is a 30 minute or so drive) and then to go right back to Miramar for 5 PM.

 

Not necessarily the best of situations there and depending on traffic.

 

Maybe I don't know, put him as the sports director or main sports anchor.

 

Just a thought process.

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Today, KOTV announced that they are launching a weekend edition of its' morning newscast "Six In The Morning" starting April 4.

It will air for two hours on Saturdays from 8am-10am (CTM: Saturday will now before it from 6am-8am), and one hour on Sundays at 6am.

 

This makes KOTV the 3rd station in Tulsa to carry weekend morning news, after KJRH and KOKI. KTUL is probably not too far behind.

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Following a third place finish in February sweeps, WDJT announced they will be expanding their locally produced programming.

 

They will launch an hour long 4pm newscast, anchored by Michelle McCormack and Bill Walsh, on March 30th. They will also launch a new 7am Sunday morning program, hosted by Mike Strehlow, on April 5th, appropriately called "CBS 58 Sunday Morning". Station Vice President and GM Mark Strachota says the show will be a "local companion to 'CBS Sunday Morning'."

 

They also included this photo of Strehlow in front of the "CBS 58 Sunday Morning" logo. I'm not entirely sure where it was taken, because it looks absolutely nothing like the rest of their studio. It's also possible it was shot in front of a green screen with a graphic added later.

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Source: http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/tvradio/wdjt-tv-adds-newscasts-at-4-pm-weekdays-sunday-mornings-b99465836z1-297082791.html

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Kirk Clyatt at WVIR was apparently fired for speaking to the Charlottesville, WV city council urging them to stop celebrating Lee Jackson Day. The holiday is celebrated in Virginia on the Friday before Martin Luther King day. Apparently he's relief US news presenter for a few radio stations in Australia and provides commentary. WVIR hired him knowing he did commentary online and on radio but it appears speaking out at a city council meeting was too much. I assume they did not care about the Australian radio commentary because they figured no one would pay attention to Australian radio. I'm guessing there is something else that precipitated his firing.

 

http://wina.com/news/064460-recently-fired-weatherman-speaks-out/

 

Here's his blog entry: https://kirkclyatt.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/really-fired-for-speaking-to-city-council-about-a-confederate-holiday/

 

The audio of his speech: https://soundcloud.com/clyatt/what-i-did-said-that-so-upset-nbc29

 

As a side note WVIR was station number 38 he's worked at. A quick google search makes it appear he was fired from WBFF, WHP and WVIR.

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Very sad news to report, and it is with a heavy heart that former longtime KABC weatherman Dr. George Fischbeck has passed away at the age of 92. TVNT want to offer our condolences

to the family of Dr. George, and his friends and colleagues at ABC 7 Eyewitness News.

 

Godspeed Dr. George.

 

http://abc7.com/news/dr-george-fischbeck-longtime-kabc-weatherman-dies/572407/

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Kirk Clyatt at WVIR was apparently fired for speaking to the Charlottesville, WV city council urging them to stop celebrating Lee Jackson Day. The holiday is celebrated in Virginia on the Friday before Martin Luther King day. Apparently he's relief US news presenter for a few radio stations in Australia and provides commentary. WVIR hired him knowing he did commentary online and on radio but it appears speaking out at a city council meeting was too much. I assume they did not care about the Australian radio commentary because they figured no one would pay attention to Australian radio. I'm guessing there is something else that precipitated his firing.

 

http://wina.com/news/064460-recently-fired-weatherman-speaks-out/

 

Here's his blog entry: https://kirkclyatt.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/really-fired-for-speaking-to-city-council-about-a-confederate-holiday/

 

The audio of his speech: https://soundcloud.com/clyatt/what-i-did-said-that-so-upset-nbc29

 

As a side note WVIR was station number 38 he's worked at. A quick google search makes it appear he was fired from WBFF, WHP and WVIR.

If "Captain Kirk" got canned from WVIR, that's the end of his career, unless he succeds Emelie Boyles at KXGN in beautiful, picturesque, Glendive.

 

WVIR is like a rehab market for people who have done things that have gotten them canned elsewhere. Is David Rogers from WKYC and later WCBS still there?

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Don't forget, Rogers also joined KYW during their ill-fated revamp back in 91, displacing Linda Gialanella; he left in 97, just before the EWN return in 98; Tom LaMaine replaced him for a while before moving to the mornings; not sure who became their evening weathercaster then. (I'm guessing that how he got to WCBS.)

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The Jacksonville Business Journal is reporting that former WTEV/WAWS anchor Mark Spain has found a new job. Spain's new job is not going to be in Florida, and he is supposedly anchoring the evening news. He will not announce his new position until his new station makes a new announcement. http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2015/03/25/mark-spain-leaving-jacksonville-to-return-to.html

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WFAA in Dallas has hired Mike Leslie as a sports reporter: https://twitter.com/wfaasports/status/581131542451326976

 

He'll begin April 6th and will be taking over for the recently retired George Riba. https://twitter.com/MikeLeslieTV/status/581126753428463616 /

 

He was most recently in Charlotte, where he was a host on ESPN 730. Before that, he was a sports anchor at Fox 46 Charlotte. He's also done sports on 7 News in Boston.

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Jonathan Elias 6 & 10 pm anchor at CBS owned WBZ headed to WJLA as main anchor:

 

http://newenglandone.com/news/local-news/item/919-jonathan-elias-leaving-wbz-for-wjla-in-dc.html

 

 

"Main anchor". What happens to Leon Harris?

 

WBZ is totally screwed for a replacement when they have nobody ready to promote but foresight isn't their strong suit.

 

 

Not sure perhaps splitting the evening shift? Or maybe Leon is going to the 24 hour network?

 

I'm sure Jonathan would've stayed had he not been pulled from the 11 pm newscast. He has a clause in his contract which states he can leave WBZ early if he is pulled from the 11 pm newscast which happened last August. I actually thought Paula & David would do the 5 pm in addition to the 10 pm, while Jonathan would slide from the 5 pm show to the 6 pm and continue to anchor the 11 pm show.

 

 

Gordon Peterson is retiring, so Elias is likely his replacement.

 

 

Will Leon Harris be doing what Jeff Barnd did? Becoming a national reporter for the Sinclair chain? Let face it you can't get older at this company because for some reason they seem not to care for someone who gets 50+ who on camera. I don't know why, because David Smith like 60, and he no spring chicken.

 

Another theory:

 

Will Jonathan Elias anchor 4,6pm and Leon handle the 5 & 11pm shows?

 

 

I think this seems like the more likely scenario. Perhaps Maureen will join him at 4pm? I believe I read that he would be joining Maureen, Leon, and Alison, so it doesn't seem like Leon's going anywhere.

 

I thought they might have been testing out Scott Thuman for the job as he had anchored at 4pm recently a few times.

 

 

https://www.bostonherald.com/inside_track/the_inside_track/2015/03/new_adventure_for_bz_anchor_jonathan_elias_in_dc

 

According to this article it appears Jonathan is heading to WJLA as the top evening news anchor. Could it mean he's replacing Leon on the 5 & 11 pm shows, and Leon will continue at 4 and join Maureen at 6? And as you said perhaps Maureen adding 4 pm anchor duties.

 

Anybody know what's going on at WJLA? Leon Harris and Alison Starling are anchors of the 4pm, 5pm, and 11pm news, while Maureen Bunyan anchors at 6pm, and Jonathan Elias on his way in to anchor one or more of the evening newscasts. But it seems like they are they testing pairings. I've seen Kimberly Suiters filling in for both Leon and Alison at 4pm (while Leon/Alison are NOT off as they appear on the 5pm), and the same deal with Scott Thuman and Autria Godfrey filling in on the 4pm. Meanwhile, I think their weekend evenings is still vacant since Kendis Gibson left for ABC.

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Anybody know what's going on at WJLA? Leon Harris and Alison Starling are anchors of the 4pm, 5pm, and 11pm news, while Maureen Bunyan anchors at 6pm, and Jonathan Elias on his way in to anchor one or more of the evening newscasts. But it seems like they are they testing pairings. I've seen Kimberly Suiters filling in for both Leon and Alison at 4pm (while Leon/Alison are NOT off as they appear on the 5pm), and the same deal with Scott Thuman and Autria Godfrey filling in on the 4pm. Meanwhile, I think their weekend evenings is still vacant since Kendis Gibson left for ABC.

 

Well WJLA is supposedly hiring another former CNNer :

http://www.ftvlive.com/todays-news/2015/3/27/dc-station-to-hire-former-cnn-sports-guy-to-anchor-news

Larry Smith would co-anchor the morning newscasts.

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Well WJLA is supposedly hiring another former CNNer :

http://www.ftvlive.com/todays-news/2015/3/27/dc-station-to-hire-former-cnn-sports-guy-to-anchor-news

Larry Smith would co-anchor the morning newscasts.

Interesting ... I wonder who he's replacing, and if that person is just moving to another newscast or leaving altogether.

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Interesting ... I wonder who he's replacing, and if that person is just moving to another newscast or leaving altogether.

 

Either Jummy or Autria and perhaps one of them will get bumped down to reporter?. But from reading your previous post you state Autria has been filing in on the 4 pm. So perhaps Autria is moving to the 4 pm, and Larry is replacing her on the morning shift?.
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